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Haskell Small: Lullaby Of War, Renoir's Feast / Rayner, Nasseri

Album Summary

>Small, Haskell : Lullaby of War, for narrator & piano
>Small, Haskell : Renoir's Feast, for piano
>Small, Haskell : Etudes in Sound (3), for piano
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

American composer Haskell Small 'has a rich imagination as a composer and an assured mastery of forms. Highly original without being self-consciously modernistic, this music has a sense of traditional structures and values without losing sight of its own era; it is inventive and accessible' (The Washington Post). His Naxos début disc brings together three of Haskell's finest works: Lullaby of War, Feast and Three Etudes in Sound, which explores the piano's 'color and sound control'.

MusicWeb International
Sound quality is excellent, the CD booklet brief but informative.

Fanfare
All the works are adroitly performed by pianist Soheil Nasseri, who negotiates the considerable technical demands of the music with seeming ease. The sound is forward and well recorded... I recommend this disc heartily. Haskell Small is his own man, and certainly speaks with his own polished and eloquent voice in the works heard on this CD.

American Record Guide
The sound of his music is resolutely eclectic, though in the main he uses a slightly dissonant idiom (the building blocks are often extended triads), straightforward - even conservative - rhythms, and traditional ideas about form and musical development.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Traumton Studios, Berlin, Germany (11/22/2007-11/24/2007).



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Works Details

>Small, Haskell : Lullaby of War, for narrator & piano
  • Performer: Soheil Nasseri (Piano)
  • Notes: Traumton Studios, Berlin, Germany (06/28/2008); Westmoreland United Church of Christ, Bethesda, Maryland, USA (06/28/2008); Traumton Studios, Berlin, Germany (11/22/2007-11/24/2007); Westmoreland United Church of Christ, Bethesda, Maryland, USA (11/22/2007-11/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Small, Haskell : Renoir's Feast, for piano
  • Performer: Soheil Nasseri (Piano)
  • Notes: Traumton Studios, Berlin, Germany (11/22/2007-11/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Small, Haskell : Etudes in Sound (3), for piano
  • Performer: Soheil Nasseri (Piano)
  • Notes: Traumton Studios, Berlin, Germany (11/22/2007-11/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993